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An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng
An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng

China’s War on History Is Growing

The government is inviting snitches to report on “historical nihilism.”

Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.
Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.

Fumio Kishida’s Great Nuclear Leap

A decade after Fukushima, the Japanese prime minister is walking a fine political line to reengage with the carbon-free energy source.

A Chinese bank employee counts 100-yuan notes and U.S. dollar bills
A Chinese bank employee counts 100-yuan notes and U.S. dollar bills

China Is Quietly Trying to Dethrone the Dollar

Regional groups and small banks are helping insulate Beijing against sanctions.

Workers transfer goods at a port in China amid an ongoing trade war with the United States.
Workers transfer goods at a port in China amid an ongoing trade war with the United States.

Who’s Winning the U.S.-China Trade War? No One

With no end in sight, nationalism is trumping economic wisdom as global recession looms.

A Tibetan prayer flag
A Tibetan prayer flag

Tibetans Fight to Keep Their Language Alive

The diaspora is preserving Tibetan as Chinese oppression grows at home.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is shown on a television screen at a train station in Seoul on Sept. 9.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is shown on a television screen at a train station in Seoul on Sept. 9.

North Korea’s Nuclear Fail-Safe

With a new law, Kim Jong Un takes a page from the Soviet nuclear playbook to ensure payback.

China's President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and other participants attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Sept. 16.
China's President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and other participants attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Sept. 16.

Why Xi Jinping Chose Central Asia for His First Post-COVID-19 Trip

The region has long served as a testing ground for Beijing’s economic and foreign-policy ambitions and is becoming increasingly close to China.

People walk beneath cherry blossoms near the National Assembly in Seoul on April 9, after two years of the area being closed to the public for COVID-19 control.
People walk beneath cherry blossoms near the National Assembly in Seoul on April 9, after two years of the area being closed to the public for COVID-19 control.

China’s Neighbors Are Navigating COVID-19, Beijing, and Washington

A long, strange trip through East Asia shows the region’s impressive steering skills.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Kim Jong Un Is Putin’s and Xi’s New Best Friend

Pyongyang has abandoned any rapprochement with Washington.

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CM-11 tanks fire their cannons during a live-fire military exercise in Pingtung county, in southern Taiwan, on Sept. 7.
CM-11 tanks fire their cannons during a live-fire military exercise in Pingtung county, in southern Taiwan, on Sept. 7.

Taiwan Needs Weapons for Day 1 of a Chinese Invasion

Unlike Ukraine, the island will be very hard to arm during a conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, 2019.

How Beijing Benefits From a New Iran Deal

The nuclear agreement could unleash Chinese activity in the Gulf and complicate U.S. goals in the Indo-Pacific.

A Chinese Communist Party flag is seen next to a health worker wearing protective clothing as a worker registers for a COVID-19 test at a makeshift testing site in Beijing on April 28.
A Chinese Communist Party flag is seen next to a health worker wearing protective clothing as a worker registers for a COVID-19 test at a makeshift testing site in Beijing on April 28.

The Chinese Public Doesn’t Know What the Rules Are Anymore

Reckless policies have knocked out established norms.

Congolese workers stand beside bags filled with cobalt and copper slag at the STL processing plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Dec. 1, 2011.
Congolese workers stand beside bags filled with cobalt and copper slag at the STL processing plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Dec. 1, 2011.

What Do Electric Cars Really Cost?

“Volt Rush” examines the price of a dirty green business—and China’s role.

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